9 Thrillers that Define the Cold War

History from the front line

The Cold War had a defining role in shaping the world that we live in today. Like most historical and political events, writers haven't shied away from contributing their own thoughts and views on the wider global discussion. As the books on this list show, authors have never been shy about having their voices heard and, most of the time, they've provided history lessons from the very front lines. 


3. Watchmen

Alan Moore (author) Dave Gibbons (illustrator)

4. The Ipcress File

Len Deighton
Wolfhound Century cover

7. Wolfhound Century

Peter Higgins
Red Army cover

8. Red Army

Ralph Peters
The Last Frontier

9. The Last Frontier

Alistair MacLean

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Jonathan Whitelaw
Jonathan Whitelaw

Jonathan is a journalist and writer of adult fiction. His debut novel – Morbid Relations – is a dark comedy about a failing stand-up comedian and his strained relationship with his family. Scribbling from before he could walk, his fingers are never far away from the keyboard. A self-confessed popular culture geek, he enjoys music, cinema, the theatre and football. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner Anne-Marie. Learn more at jonathanwhitelaw.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @JDWhitelaw13

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